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4 Leader Behaviors explain 89%  of strong leadership

4 Leader Behaviors explain 89%  of strong leadership | Change Leadership Watch |

From the 3rd Results Oriented principle, Leader behaviors – McKinsey research helps us know what works best today. From the article: 

5 Strategies to Lead Change, Using Liberating Structures

Five key concepts and supporting research and tools will help you lead through adaptive change in a VUCA world, one that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous, as presented in Mexico City for CPA firm leaders at the Russell Bedford International conference, yet applicable for any leader.



Researchers showed that out of 20 distinct leadership traits identified in organizations whose leadership performance was strong, high-quality leadership teams typically displayed 4 of the 20 possible types of behavior.  These 4 behaviors explained 89 percent of the variance between strong and weak organizations in terms of leadership effectiveness

1. Solving problems effectively.

2. Operating with a strong results orientation.

3. Seeking different perspectives.

4. Supporting others.

This is from the McKinsey Quarterly, first published in 1964, which now offers the perspective today that “much of the management intuition that has served us in the past will become irrelevant,” (Dobbs, 2014.) McKinsey forecasts a crash of:

1) technological disruption,

2) rapid emerging-markets growth, and

3) widespread aging as “long-held assumptions [give] way, and seemingly powerful business models [become] upended.”

Sound familiar? Are you ready? 

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Why Apple, Academia, Tesla & VCs May Die, Disruption Guru Christensen Talks

Why Apple, Academia, Tesla & VCs May Die, Disruption Guru Christensen Talks | Change Leadership Watch |

"Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen literally wrote the book on technology disruption...and he thinks Apple, Tesla Motors, venture capitalists and most of the nation’s colleges and universities should be afraid."


The author of The Innovator’s Dilemma said Wednesday that all of them could be killed by less advanced competitors in the same way that many once dominant technology companies have been in the past.


...He believes that and the commoditization of smartphones threaten Apple in the long run.


...“For 300 years, higher education was not disruptable because there was no technological core."


“But now online learning brings to higher education this technological core, and people who are very complacent are in deep trouble.'



...people who are very complacent are in deep trouble.


...“there is a different business model that is disrupting this in addition to online learning. It’s on-the-job education. come in for a week and we’ll teach you about strategy and you go off and develop a strategy.  

...You learn it and you use it. These are very different business models and that’s what’s killing us.”

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Yes, this fits what I've been tracking since I left higher education in 2009, and his track record of sensing disruption is impressive.  

Who is responding in ways that make sense?  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 11, 2013 11:50 AM

I've posted this to BOTH Change Leader Watch & here.  On the Innovations & Institutions stream, I'll be adding examples of organizations that are adapting to this disruption in academe and the other industries mentioned.  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, February 17, 2013 4:30 PM
Thanks for your comments Marie. Knowledge Management is quite an industry, with various opinions of the traction it holds in business. I am most curious as to where it is headed.
Patrick J Scanlon's curator insight, March 12, 2013 5:58 PM

If you don't like change.  You will like irrelevance even less #media #higherEd #VC

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How Luther went Viral like Arab Spring: Message, Movement & Social Media

How Luther went Viral like Arab Spring: Message, Movement & Social Media | Change Leadership Watch |

"Leader lessons from those who were too slow to adapt to new ways of sharing the message."

Higher education and churches are exemplars of slow change.  There are many examples of higher education disruption in this curation stream.  Here's the first church-based example with more to come.  The lessons apply to all change leaders, especially considering the pervasiveness of culture & belief in institutions of all types.



Tom Standage of The Economist magazine wrote an article comparing the Protestant Reformation to the current use of social media in the Arab Spring.


Martin Luther, he says, was a relatively unknown cleric who took advantage of the hottest technology of 1517. He wrote short articles and theses, printed short and punchy pamphlets and also developed catchy hymns to pass his message along.


Tom points out three major ways that the Reformation-age use of printing parallels our own social media.


1) he connected directly with the everyman, writing in German, not Latin. He lead singing that stuck with people. He wrote short, non-theological works to make powerful points.


2)  When the church wanted to refute Luther, they wrote in Latin and attacked his theology. leaders understood, but failed to capture the everyman...


3)  Finally, ...Martin Luther ultimately could not control his own message.   ...On the negative side, this lead to a bloody peasant's rebellion that Luther had to distance himself from. On the positive side, ...the Reformation was free to spread out of Germany and across the world.


Wednesday, 15 February 2012 

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TRENDS: Students Are Fleeing Liberal Arts - How It Could Hurt the U.S.

TRENDS: Students Are Fleeing Liberal Arts - How It Could Hurt the U.S. | Change Leadership Watch |

By Steve Yoder


"If there’s one thing liberal arts colleges offer, it’s critical thinking. That might be why this spring Occidental College is offering a course called Liberal Arts at the Brink? Navigating the Crisis in Higher Education.

The course examines whether college liberal arts curricula like its own can survive in a time of high unemployment and rising student debt.


[Will] college liberal arts curricula l...survive in a time of high unemployment and rising student debt?



The number of liberal arts colleges nationwide has dropped from 212 in 1990 to only 130 today, according to a study this summer in the journal Liberal Education.

The National Center for Education Statistics says the share of students matriculating with a liberal arts degree, as a percentage of all graduates, dropped slightly from 2004 to 2010 from 3 to 2.8 percent."



Related posts by Deb via REVELN:


Via Jim Lerman
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Are we becoming "job" driven or are we becoming an economy of individuals?  It may another signal of the dawn of the freelance and electronic/independents economy, which may also mean we either self-fund and study what we want to study, curriculum or not.  ~ Deb

Robin Martin's comment, March 9, 2013 5:41 PM
Thanks again Deb!
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Trend Disruptions: 5 Funded Tech Companies Set to Impact 2013 Higher Ed

Trend Disruptions: 5 Funded Tech Companies Set to Impact  2013 Higher Ed | Change Leadership Watch |

"It's a great time to be in education technology industry: venture capitalists have dropped a whopping $1.37 billion into the industry since 2011. That's a lot of cash &  opportunitiy to seriously change the way we do education."


Here are excerpts of the five profiled:


1. 2U   ~ The first startup of its kind to partner with top universities to offer full degree programs entirely on the Web.  


  • Founded in 2008, they've raised an impressive $97 million in venture funding, positioning it as a key leader in the ed tech industry.

2. EdSurge     The company recently nabbed $400,000 in seed funding from investors including the Washington Post, and it's backed by finances from the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation.


  • Launched in 2011, EdSurge was founded by veteran journalists and education technology professionals.


3. Echo360     Boasting $31 million in startup funding, Echo360 offers online and mobile tools for blended learning.  


  • Echo360 snagged $450 million to fund an initiative to reach 50 percent of U.S. college students in the next five years. The company also recently acquired ed-tech startup LectureTools Inc., its first public acquisition.


4. Noodle   Think big education searh:  Noodle has developed the most comprehensive, age-ubiquitous online search engine dedicated solely to educational topics. 


  • Founded in 2010 by the creator of the Princeton Review and 2U, the site features over 170,000 education providers and has received millions in funding. 


5. Always Prepped     In beta, Always Prepped provides online tools to help manage student and classroom data, providing a single stream of imported data for teachers to analyze their students or classes.


  • They've  raised an impressive $650,000 in startup funding.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The five start-ups listed are well funded and may be seriously on-fire within the year or two ahead.  

Time will tell, as the focus on lecture style and learning (competency building) and all the admin that goes with it begins to trade places.

 ~ Deb

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Will it be the new "Craig's List" of $$ Transactions for 2012? Dwolla [Video]

Will it be the new "Craig's List" of $$ Transactions for 2012?  Dwolla [Video] | Change Leadership Watch |

 "The cost of the transaction was .25.  That's 25 CENTS.  Really!"

I've made my first transaction to pay for some website work via Dwolla. For my web-master friend, between our two bank accounts, the cost of the transaction was .25. That's 25 CENTS. Really. That was all. No %-age fee, no credit cards.

On the merchant end of things, if this catches on, it could be huge. If Google somehow gets connected to Dwolla at some point, it WILL be huge.

It might also help Google with its new YouTube merchandising business. It certainly fits with the "don't be evil" ethic suggested by the giant.

The only exception might be leadership failure. With cautionary tales like RIMM (the Blackberry manufacturer) and Rubbermaid, leadership #fails can stall even the most innovative companies.  (See the article just to the right for more about that, via ScoopIt curation on change cautionary tales.)

Here's hoping that Dwolla takes off, if for nothing else than for a business success in the direction of the 99% protests this past year, and still going on, as an example of helping things work for everyone, not just a select few.

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